Been in the same kingdom doesn't mean we will all have the same experience, beliefs, and results! No, this kingdom operates at different levels for everyone. It's why we have different revelations, result, manifestations, and demonstrations of the Spirit. It's the reason why there are different churches and denominations today. People think unity should mean uniformity, no, nothing can be further from the truth. A football team is made up of many players playing in 11 different positions, but with one purpose and this purpose is their unifying factor: to score. goals against the enemy! The alignment of purpose and it's conformity is the measure of unity that exists or not
It's the same for the church, our unity is not defined by our uniformity but our conformity to God's overarching purpose for his church. And God has an overarching purpose for his church, to build it to a glorious church that the enemy cannot prevail over, a church without spot or wrinkle(Matthew 16:17-19, Ephesians. 5:26)
It's good we state that first. What I am however focusing on in this discussion is how our spiritual response varied even when subject to the same spiritual experience. This largely explains sometimes why as believers in the body we seem to have different voices on the same subject. The truth of God's word is eternal but our response to its the truth is as varied as our personality, perspective, and level of faith
Hebrew's 4:2 tells us, "For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it"
Hebrews 4:2 KJV
The same word could not produce the same result, because the response of each man's faith is what determines the profitability of the word in their lives!
Matthew 13 gave a detailed interpretation of how different people respond to the same word. Still, even among the ones that profited by the word we still have levels in results, some produce thirty, others sixty and others a hundred!
"But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty"
Matthew 13:23 KJV
Now imagine if all these three sets of people are to speak on the same word, definitely it is going to be with differing levels of insights and authority! This explains what is currently going on the Christendom as we have had varied responses to the covid 19 crisis! There are those who seem to have pitched their tent on the side of faith and there are those who have pitched their tenth on the side of 'wisdom'. I put 'wisdom' in quotes for when the scriptures advocated for us to walk in wisdom, it is not the wisdom of the world but the wisdom of God! And Paul told us the difference between the two!
"Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual" 1 Corinthians 2:12-13 KJV
This is not wisdom taught by man's wisdom, not the one WHO teaches us, or NCDC, but that which comes from God! Wisdom according to the ways of the world does not equate with the wisdom of God! And earlier in verse 5 of this same chapter, Paul told us on which platform to base our faith: not on the wisdom of men but on the power of God! And hence I have learned to ignore those who during this crisis have called my negligence of "health protocols" of the so-called health authorities of the world as the OVER ZEALOUSNESS OF FAITH or the FOOLISHNESS OF FAITH! I smile at those because by nature the gospel which we preach Paul calls it 'foolishness to the world'! The whole gospel is "foolish"! Hallelujah!
And there is no problem with been overzealous as long as that 'zealousness' is based on KNOWLEDGE! And should I say here that any faith that is based on the revelation of the word, cannot be called the foolishness of faith, it may be foolishness to the world but it is that which will reveal the manifestation of God, for faith cometh by hearing by the word of God!
THREE THINGS GOT MY ATTENTION
Three things God's revelation brought to my attention, these three insights made me pitch my tent In the side of " overzealous" faith and cast all my lot on God. Firstly when science and faith go on the head to head collision, faith will always prevail, because scientific discoveries are simply the discoveries that men have made about God's creation! Science doesn't create, science only discovers what God has created. Ultimately the power of God covers every of his creation, hence the reason for pitching my tent with God! Despite following health protocols many still ends up coming down with the 'alleged' virus, so why waste my faith on that which fails?
Secondly, I have discovered from scriptures and from the world around me that there is FALSEHOOD IN SCIENCE, but the word of God is ever true! Paul talking to Timothy said in 1 Timothy 6:20-21
"O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called: Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen"
Clearly, from here, we see, some scientific positions will always be in opposition to the revelation of the word. Secondly, compare to the word, the claims of science are often false! Why? The Bible says let God be true and all men be liars! Thirdly, those who lean too much towards science and exalts its findings over the revelation of the word will always err from the faith!
This is what the word says and then God's Spirit began to point my eyes to the inconsistencies and the falsehood of the science world! Do I need to point out that to you again with all the controversies going on in the world about the use of a certain drug or not for covid 19? Aside from this, I read close to six books on some of the deadliest pandemics and plagues that have invaded the world, plagues that make you wonder why anyone will dread covid 19 by reason of the number of lives it claimed, and I discovered all these social distancing laws are FALSE, not real science!
Even in the midst of the deadliest pandemics, only the sick are quarantined not the healthy! There was no social distancing, no one was wearing a mask! All of these scientific prescriptions are mind control and mental manipulation intended to deprive the people of their freedom, don't take my word for it, even in the science community opinions are divided and controversial on this! Well except you believe it's only WHO doctors, Face book and Bill Gates that you think only knows science that is when you won't have seen that the science and medical world is sharply divided on this! Science is FALSE but the word of God is TRUTH, I choose to base my faith on the later! Does this mean I am discrediting science despite all it has been able to impact on humanity? No! Science is great, but not greater than our God!
Also science is great, but its purveyor's, it's exponent, are not always great people. There are many wicked individuals and institutions who are gladly exploiting and using science to oppress the world and advance their evil agenda! The covid 19 'plandemic' or 'scandemic' is one of such! Except for those who have chosen to close their eyes there are enough evidences both within and outside the science and medical community to suggest that some evil forces are at work to oppress the world through this invented virus as it has always been with almost every other virus that have plagued humanity! To such evil agenda I will not subject my faith in God to!
The third thing God brought to my attention is the revelation from Romans 8:1-2.
"There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death"
The bottom line revelation to me from this scripture was clear when you subject yourself to spiritual demands and laws you are automatically free from the demands and laws of the flesh! Why is this so? Whatsoever is from above is above all! Spiritual laws are from above! Hallelujah! From the moment of this revelation, I decided to ignore the falsehood of science, and rather than wash my hand twenty times a day I will rather take the communion daily! Some took it as a religious ritual, I took it with the conviction that nothing evils out there can grow in my body! For I said at the onset of this that I can't keep up with the laws that demand that I don't touch my eyes and nose, an average human being we are told does these averagely 2000 times a day! Now it seems we can now touch ourselves as we want, as lately there seems to be no emphasis on that so long as we wear mask or face shield? The falsehood and the inconsistencies of science!
THE OVERZEALOUS ONES OR THE FOOLISH ONES?
So in the body of Christ, the overzealous ones are the ones who have decided to open the doors of their church for service, and some of the people on this side tend to look down on the ones who have decided to not open their church as been faithless! While the "wise ones" among us, those who would rather follow the commandment of Tedross, look on the overzealous one's as the "stupid ones", they shake their head and wondered how we can't apply "wisdom" to the matter, there is always online church why are we rushing to open the physical church when it is not "safe" yet?
In scriptures, we see this kind of sharp divide taking place over and again. You probably haven't noticed. I will cite three examples!
When David, stood up among the Israelites to stand up to Goliath, how do you think the fellow believers, Israelites felt about him? They probably saw him as 'spiritually arrogant or overconfident or foolish', they had probably said, "you don't think we read the Bible too? We too could have called the name of our God and challenge Goliath to a duel, but let's apply wisdom, this man has been a warrior all his life. It's foolishness to challenge him, even God won't want us to do that. Let us just keep calm, God will somehow save us as he always do!"
The three Hebrew boys who were so " foolish, overzealous and disobedient to the 'Romans 13' injunction, the government of the day, were not the only Hebrew boys taking captives to Babylon: there was a whole lot of them! So let's talk about the rest that did bow to the king's orders how do you think they felt about this "spiritually arrogant or foolish boys" that were playing with fire by refusing to 'obey the government' of the day?
When Jesus walked on water, there were twelve disciples who were watching this supernatural event unfold. How many of them asked Jesus to 'bid' them to come too, to be spiritually foolish and arrogant as to think they can be "like Jesus" walk on water like him? Only one person, Peter! If the rest have asked to walk on water would the master have denied them? No! And like someone said that their cowardice and cold faith denied of us of a big story in the Bible of Jesus dancing with his disciples on water! We can all walk with God at whatever level we desire to walk with Him! Our Spiritual heights in God are as determined by our spiritual desire for him! However in this case, it was only Peter, who dare to believe for the impossible, to ask to do the foolish, to ask to walk against natural laws and scientific laws, by asking to walk on water!
There are no stupid demands with God, any demand made on the basis of FAITH will always get the attention of God. That's why in describing the power of faith Jesus used a foolish, stupid and impossible example to illustrate, "IF THOU SHALT SAY TO THIS MOUNTAIN"! You understand the implication of this statement? The seemingly impossible demand, even the ones that goes against natural laws, scientific laws, that which looks humanly impossible can bow to the power of faith!
How does Peter sounds to the other apostles making such a demand? Over zealous? Spiritual pride must be at the heart of this man thinking he can be like Jesus? This is plain stupid and foolish demand. These must have been there thought and yet the master said to Peter, COME! And that is what God always says to every demand of faith: "COME FOR ALL THINGS ARE YOURS"!
WHICH SIDE ARE YOU?
Which side are you? On Peter's side or that of the other disciples? David's side or the rest of the nation. Anyway, it doesn't matter where you are, but it is good to note that when certain people are referred to as remnants, it's not because they are more spiritual than the others or overzealous, no! It's just that these people can't see other options better than staking their lives on God!
WE CAN ALL GROW
I will end with Paul, on the island of Melita, fresh from escaping one of the worst storms any mortal can face, Paul gathered wood to burn fire to warm himself and then a viper attacked the man of God and he had a response, he shook off the snake into the fire! Afterward, he went about his business, people expected he would die or at the least be swollen up, neither of the two happened! If you were in Paul's position what will you do? See a doctor? Get someone to help you remove the snake venom? Or stand on the words of Jesus in Mark 16:17-20, the same word that many of us are re-interpreting today to suit our reality? Whatever is your response is as regulated by your level of faith!
However, whatever level you find yourself there is always room for more! We can always go higher in God! Our faith can always find new levels in God after all there is no spiritual cap that limits spiritual growth in this kingdom!